Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Faculty of Education Folio

Introduction

The Faculty of Education Folio contains important information about the compulsory subjects which you will be undertaking this year. It is your responsibility to read the information carefully and clarify any matters you do not understand with either your Course Coordinator or Subject Coordinator(s). It is suggested you bookmark the site or file this document so that it is secure and readily accessible because you may need to consult it frequently throughout the year. Any changes to the Folio will be made online throughout the year and notified to you by your subject or course coordinator.

The Faculty Folio includes:

  • Information about the administration of subjects;
  • Details of your rights and obligations with regard to assessment and academic conduct; and
  • Faculty expectations regarding academic standards.

Additional information on University polices and services you should be familiar with is provided in your online subject outline. You will also have received information on University policies via your e-box in my.csu.

Expectations of students and staff

The Student and University Charter Expectations and Responsibilities sets out the expectations that you as a member of the University community may have of us (the University) and your fellow students; and the expectations that we and other students may have of you. We recognise that teaching and learning is a cooperative endeavour and this is reflected in the Charter which we regard as a statement of practice not just intent.

Graduate attributes

"CSU Graduate Attributes build students' capacity to contribute to their community and to the wider society. By the conclusion of their studies, students are able to:

  • demonstrate a broad overview of their field of knowledge;
  • communicate effectively in a manner relevant to their discipline;
  • demonstrate analytical skills, including the exercise of critical and reflective judgement;
  • address unfamiliar problems;
  • plan their own work;
  • work as a team member;
  • demonstrate a national and international perspective; and
  • demonstrate an understanding of, and commitment to, values-driven practice in their field of study that takes account of open enquiry, ethical practice, social justice, cultural diversity, reconciliation and environmental sustainability."

Approved by the Academic Senate (last amendment 7 December 2005 (AS 05/175))

Assessment

The CSU Assessment Policy, which delineates information about standards and grades, can be found at http://www.csu.edu.au/acad_sec/academic-manual/gcontm.htm.

In particular, we call your attention to the following section of the Policy:

1.4 Students' Responsibilities

Notwithstanding any other provision of this policy, it is primarily the responsibility of the student to ensure that all reasonable measures are taken to adequately meet assessment requirements. These include:

Ensuring that they have the necessary prerequisite skills for the assessable component of all subjects in which they enrol.

  • Reading and ensuring that they understand the subject outline.
  • Attending any assigned classes and completing all of the assigned activities, reading and preparation.
  • Ensuring that they understand all assessment requirements.
  • Becoming familiar with and abiding by the University regulations regarding academic misconduct.
  • Completing and submitting all assigned assessable tasks by the due date.
  • Ensuring that all assessable items are safely submitted to the University in the manner designated for that subject.
  • Keeping a copy of all submitted assignments (if they are in a copyable form).
  • Collecting all marked assignments in sufficient time to learn from the feedback provided.
  • Obtaining remedial help as soon as it becomes apparent that such help is necessary.

Above all, students are responsible for their learning and for reaching appropriate standards in their subjects.

Minimum assessment requirements

These are detailed in your individual subject outlines.

Number of assessment items in a subject

Unless otherwise approved by the Head of School and justified in the learning design of the subject, all subjects are to be assessed through two assessment items.

Attendance at classes

As per the University's Assessment Policy, section 1.4 about Students' Responsibilities, students have the responsibility of:

  • Attending any assigned classes and completing all of the assigned activities, reading and preparation.

Internet access

All Faculty of Education students are required to have access to the internet for completion of their course. 

Late submission and extensions

You are required to submit all assignments by the due date unless otherwise arranged with the Subject Coordinator. It is important to note that should you require an extension of time to submit an assignment, you must contact the lecturer prior to the due date unless this is impossible because of personal circumstances. If extensions of time have not been negotiated, late assignments may be accepted up to one week beyond the due date. Marks may be deducted for late submission on a per diem basis. Penalties for the late submission of assignments will be detailed in the subject outline. Assignments submitted more than one week late may not be accepted unless valid grounds can be established and relevant documentation provided. Any student submitting late assignments without valid grounds may be assessed as not meeting requirements and failed in the subject.

Incomplete or delayed assessment

Should you experience misadventure or extenuating circumstance which is likely to prevent you from completing any subjects within the normal time, you must bring this to the notice of the Course Coordinator as soon as possible. Your rights to special consideration and the procedures to be followed are to be found under the Assessment Regulation 7 and Examination Regulations 8 and 9. You should familiarise yourself with these regulations. 

Applications for special consideration must be submitted in writing and include supporting documentary evidence. Such applications should be sent to the Student Administration Office.

For further information about applying for special consideration please refer to the Academic Regulations about Assessment at http://www.csu.edu.au/acad_sec/regulations.htm#2

Additional assessment and review of grades

It is important to note that the University and the Faculty of Education do not have established policies which permit the re-submitting of assignments. Unless otherwise noted in the subject outlines, you will not be entitled to seek to advance your grades in assignments through resubmitting them. It is your right however, to appeal the grade you have been awarded for any assignment. This may be done by attaching a letter of appeal to the original assignment and submitting it, together with a second copy of the assignment to the Subject Coordinator. You need to be aware that if you appeal a grade for an assignment, the original grade is set aside and that the final grade will be the one resulting from the re-assessment. This means that the appeal can result in the final grade being the same, higher or lower than the original grade. Also, it is your right to appeal the grade awarded to you for the whole subject at the end of the session, if you believe it is incorrect. General information about appealing a grade awarded for the whole subject can be found under Assessment Regulation 13 in the University Undergraduate Handbook or at http://www.csu.edu.au/acad_sec/regulations.htm#2

The regulations governing the awarding of AE and AA are detailed in the CSU Assessment regulations. You should make yourself familiar with this aspect of the regulations. In addition, you need to be aware that awarding of those grades is at the discretion of the Assessment Committee, and is NOT a grade to which there is an automatic entitlement. 

Assignment return

It is the policy of the University that marked assignments shall be returned to students no later than 21 days after the due date for the assignment, unless otherwise notified by the subject coordinator. See Assessment regulations 16.5 and 16.6 in the University Undergraduate Handbook or at http://www.csu.edu.au/acad_sec/regulations.htm#2

Referencing

The Faculty of Education has adopted the APA system of referencing. This is the mandatory referencing and bibliographic citation system for all subjects, except where the requirements of external accrediting and/or publishing bodies require otherwise or with the approval of the Head of School.

CSU Student Services Learning Skills referencing web site includes a Guide to APA: http://www.csu.edu.au/division/studserv/learning/referencing.htm

Guides to APA style are also available or http://library.curtin.edu.au/referencing.

Please note: Distance education students may find other styles of referencing in their materials. The Faculty is in the process of converting all materials to APA.

Policy on Professional Practice

The Faculty of Education Policy on Professional Practice was developed by the Sub-Dean Professional Experience and the Practicum Co-ordinators from each School and Unit of Charles Sturt University and approved March 2004. The policy covers the procedures for all professional experience subjects and programs in pre-service courses for Primary, Early Childhood and Secondary Teachers. There may be some variations in nomenclature based on the variety of settings in which preservice Teachers are placed. 

Academic conduct

You are expected to uphold the highest ethical standards of academic conduct. There are very important regulations relating to the completion of assignments and the sitting of examinations. It is essential that you consult the Assessment Regulations in the University Handbook and the Academic Misconduct Rule, and seek an appointment with your Course Coordinator should you require clarification.

Plagiarism, cheating, collusion and other forms of academic misconduct are regarded as serious breaches of the University's academic code of conduct and will not be condoned. The University expects its students to abide by accepted study and research protocols which are designed to ensure the academic integrity and reputation of the University.

In particular, you are required to:

  • acknowledge your use of another person's work in assessment items irrespective of whether the work is presented in writing or orally,
  • not allow others to use your work without acknowledgment,
  • honestly report the findings of your study and research, and
  • use only approved information and materials in examinations.

The University does impose penalties on students found guilty of academic misconduct, and these penalties include the possibility of suspension or exclusion from the University.

For further information please see the Student Charter  and Student Academic Misconduct Rule.

The Student Charter also expects you to use responsibly the educational facilities and resources we provide to you. In particular you should abide by:

Copies can also be obtained from the Library or the Computer Centre Help Desk.